|Uganda||NUNCIO SAYS POPE CONCERNED AT CULT DEATHS|
The papal nuncio in Uganda has said that Pope John Paul II is keenly aware of the tragedy of the deaths related to the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments, the cult led by excommunicated Catholic priest Yozefu Kibweteere.
Archbishop Christopher Pierre said the Holy Father was closely watching the investigation in the murder-suicide last month that left at least 1000 men, women, and children dead in mass graves at several sites in southwestern Uganda. "It is true the Holy Father is aware. He is very concerned about the unfortunate event. I have informed him," the prelate told the Sunday Vision newspaper.
Archbishop Pierre also dismissed claims made by Kibweteere that he had met Pope John Paul II during his historic visit to Uganda in February 1993.
"Certainly he did not meet the Holy Father. People don't meet the Pope just like that," he said. Just under half of Uganda's population of 20 million is Catholic and many of the cult members were formerly Catholics led away from the Church by Kibweteere.